Friday, October 14, 2011

Scouring Books: T. rex and the Crater of Doom

T. rex and the Crater of Doom
by Walter Alvarez

Written in 1997, this is a thrilling account of how Alvarez and other scientists determined the probable cause of extinction for the dinosaurs (traced back to said crater in the Yucatan Peninsula). As I've noted previously, I don't tend to read a lot of nonfiction, other than biographical material or humor from Dave Barry, but this is an example of informative literature that blatantly hooks readers with their romantic Indiana Jones notions into following Alvarez down the informative rabbit whole of science. I know there are plenty of writers who seek to accomplish exactly this kind of experience, but rarely with as much panache.

Bookshelf status: read.

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